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Eugene Ralph Walker appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday holding his baby girl.

He was represented by solicitor Ms Waddell, who also nursed Mr Walker’s daughter.

On April 28 last year, Mr Walker was at The New Tattersalls Hotel playing poker machines when it is alleged he saw the attendant empty cash from some machines.

Police allege when the staff member moved away he was captured on CCTV entering the bar area, opening the till and removing $1850 cash as the key had been left in the draw.

Then between 8 am and 8.15 am on May 29, Mr Walker allegedly entered the property of a Casino man on Rayner Street and stole his mobile phone.

When the man told Mr Walker to get off his property, police allege he failed to leave.

On August 5, when Mr Walker was at Lismore, it is alleged he stole five litres of valvoline motor oil, valued at $44.95, from the Mobil Food Mart on Ballina Road.

Police allege when he concealed the five litre bottle of oil under his shirt he was captured on the service station’s CCTV.

Then on January 6, Mr Walker was at a Casino woman’s home when it is alleged he stole her visa debit card and went on a spending spree.

That day he allegedly bought cigarettes and petrol totalling $49.50, twice.

On January 7, the card was allegedly used three times to buy items including fuel, cigarettes, coke and powerade, amounts totalling, $60.85, $64.45 and $44.55 respectively.

A week later, on January 14, it is alleged Mr Walker was at Goonellabah between noon and 1.51 pm when it is alleged he was given a debit card belonging to a woman that he knew had been previously stolen.

That afternoon, Mr Walker allegedly attempted to use the card four times, and was successful twice, making purchases of fuel totalling $27.49 and Bundaberg Rum $57.99, at Lismore.

On Tuesday, the court heard Mr Walker had recently completed a drug rehabilitation program since his arrest.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Mr Walker’s matters until June 26, for sentence.


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